Microsoft plans to include a Windows XP mode to its Windows 7 operating system. The virtualization tool is designed to aid businesses in their migration from Windows XP to Windows 7. According to The Register, Microsoft is also hopes the tool will encourage users, especially small businesses, to adopt the forthcoming operating system.
The feature will allow users to install and run applications in Windows XP using Windows Virtual PC technology. Microsoft said it would release a beta of Windows XP mode and Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate soon, but didn't give an exact date.
This Computerworld article is in support of the move and gives credit to Microsoft for finally doing something half right since Steve Ballmer took over.